Ansari Elected Hurriyat Conference Chairman
11 July 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: The leader of Ittehadul Muslimeen Moulvi, Abbas Ansari, was on Saturday elected as chairman of Hurriyat Conference. Ansari replaces Muslim Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat, who completed two years as Hurriyat head earlier this month. Ansari's election as the chairman was taken at an unscheduled meeting of the Hurriyat and the decision was announced to mediapersons by the outgoing chief of the amalgam. Ansari, who becomes the first Shia leader to head the 25-party separatist conglomerate, had admitted to be in the race for the top post of the amalgam during a recent interview. Though JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik was also in thought to be in contention for the chairmanship, Ansari was finally elected as the new chairman unanimously. Conspicuous by their absence were Malik and Shiekh Ali Mohammad of Jammat-e-Islami, but JKLF was represented at the elections by Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi. Jamaat, however, was not represented at the meeting.